May 21, 2015 |
IN LESS THAN FIVE MONTHS, Jim Kenney went from nobody's short list to the brink of becoming Philadelphia's 99th mayor, and he did it with a coalition this city has never quite seen before: from union guys from the old neighborhood in South Philly to high-tech millennials, from black ward leaders in the Northwest to gay activists and fired-up schoolteachers. But seven months from now, winning yesterday's 2015 Democratic primary may be fondly remembered as "the easy part. " The coronation of the 56-year-old veteran City Council member isn't a done deal - there's a little-known GOP challenger and the possibility of an independent on the November ballot.
May 20, 2015 |
When Neil Theobald took over as Temple's president, arriving from Indiana University in January 2013, several athletics staffers from the Big Ten school soon followed. Theobald eventually installed Kevin Clark as Temple's athletic director and Pat Kraft became Clark's top deputy. On Monday, Theobald shuffled the deck, announcing that Kraft would replace Clark as AD, with Clark moving across Broad Street to the newly created position of executive vice president and chief operating officer, subject to the approval of Temple's board of trustees.
May 20, 2015 |
When he was hired by the Flyers and left the University of North Dakota on Monday, Dave Hakstol became just the third coach in NHL history to climb directly from the NCAA ranks to his first head coaching job in the NHL. He hopes to be as successful as one of them, the late Bob Johnson, who directed Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup in 1991. Johnson coached the University of Wisconsin for 16 seasons and won three national titles before being hired by the Calgary Flames in 1982. The Flames made the playoffs in all five of his seasons and reached the Finals in 1986.
May 18, 2015 |
Brownstein Group and Vault Communications are in similar businesses: advertising and public relations, which means their success depends largely on people - who can set up shop anywhere. Brownstein is in Center City, while Vault is in Plymouth Meeting, and the tax consequences of their locations separate them far more than the 19 miles between their offices. Vault pays a business privilege tax of 0.15 percent and no local net income tax in Plymouth Township. Brownstein's tax bill in Philadelphia includes a 6.45 percent corporate income tax, a 0.1415 percent gross receipts tax, a 1.13 percent use and occupancy tax, and a 2 percent city sales tax. That heavier tax burden, coupled with the Philadelphia wage tax that is nearly four times higher than the average in the suburbs, has long handicapped the city's job growth.
May 17, 2015 |
MIKE BABCOCK promises this will all be over within a week. For the Flyers, the prospects of landing their No. 1 head-coaching candidate must seem at least a little dull, considering the optics of a 25-minute interview with TSN's Darren Dreger on Friday. Babcock thoughtfully answered every question, but the NHL's most sought after free-agent coach in history did so while sitting next to Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland in a hotel room in Prague, where the two are scouting the World Championships.
May 17, 2015 |
A locomotive with more than 8,000 horsepower, tugging cars carrying more than 200 people - and one man to keep it all on the tracks. On the night of Tuesday's fatal accident, that man was Brandon Bostian, a train enthusiast most of his life, an Amtrak employee for a decade, and an engineer since 2010. Bostian, 32, has remained publicly silent since the derailment of Train 188, but more details about him and his experience trickled out Friday. What also emerged was a fuller portrait of the largely solitary job that he and other engineers are entrusted to do. The training typically consists of at least six to 12 months of study and field work.
May 15, 2015 |
The Philadelphia city controller says the "greatest economic impact" in jobs and tax revenue for the 200-acre Southport section at the eastern end of the Navy Yard would be as a marine terminal for container cargo. Controller Alan Butkovitz said in a 15-page report released Wednesday that putting an energy port on part of the land also made "long-term economic sense," but should not impinge on the scale needed for a modern container ship terminal. Officials in recent years have suggested use of this undeveloped site for a marine terminal, energy port, or auto-processing facility.
May 13, 2015 |
Philadelphia International Airport plans a 2015 job fair Tuesday at Temple University to fill more than 600 openings at the airport. More than 30 businesses, including airlines, restaurants, car-rental companies, retailers, and government agencies, will interview candidates for jobs that include customer-service representative, sales associate, bartender, server, bookkeeper, massage therapist, cosmetologist, manager, cashier, and others. The airport's fair will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. Applicants can meet with employment specialists to have their resumés reviewed and attend workplace-etiquette workshops for interview tips.
May 10, 2015 |
Employers' payrolls nationwide grew by 223,000 people in April, while the unemployment rate dropped slightly from 5.5 percent the previous month to 5.4 percent, the lowest rate since May 2008, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday. Employment improved in most sectors in April, including construction, manufacturing, government, financial, education, health services, hospitality, and retail. Employers are looking to hire, said Joanie Courtney, a senior vice president who heads online jobs board company Monster.com's market insight department.
May 9, 2015 |
Union defender Sheanon Williams has gone from franchise cornerstone to a player battling to remain in the starting lineup. Like many of his teammates, the 25-year-old Williams has gotten off to a rough start this year for the 1-6-3 Union, who visit the Vancouver Whitecaps (5-3-2) on Saturday. Williams is part of a defense that has surrendered 18 goals, the most in Major League Soccer. Union coach Jim Curtin has moved Williams to the left outside back spot, with Ray Gaddis switching over to the right.